You apologize. Now what?
Are you finished? Is it now up to the person to whom you apologized?
Nope. That is only one part of the process.
Understand that apologies, forgiving, reconciliation, and trust are all separate functions. Each is tied to the other, but independent. Forgiving does not require an apology. An apology does not mandate forgiveness. You can apologize or forgive, and still not reconcile. And in the end, it is a choice to trust or not.
So, let’s step back into what you can do, so that you can “clear the air” and move forward. In other words, to make sure you do your part.
I suggest 6 steps to this process, and I cover each one in this episode of the podcast.